The hexi quilt
As a group, we are often approached with donations of unfinished quilts and sewing projects. A couple of years ago, one such carrier bag full of English paper pieced hexagons came our way, via Liz, one of our members.
When we had a closer look at the fabrics and work that had been done to date, it was clear that this project had been started in maybe the 1970s, using fabrics from that time. (We found dates on the back of the printed paper templates.) The hand stitches were tiny and the fussy cutting extraordinary! Most of the diamond blocks had been completed but not sewn together.
Each block had been numbered and there was a plan which explained how it was meant to be stitched together. So much work had gone into the making of this quilt that we knew we just had to complete it.
In January 2019, we handed out sections to our members for them to start sewing more white sashing strips and then sewing the blocks into bigger and bigger sections. It took us most of the year but by the time of our quilt show in October, it was almost complete and we were able to display it.
So now we had to quilt it! In January 2020, we set up our large quilt frame in Jenny’s living room and had a relay of willing hands to pin and tack the layers together, under the expert guidance of Patricia.
And then Covid-19 arrived!
The quilt happened to be at Suzanne’s house, so she used lockdown time to hand quilt, bind and complete the mammoth project. She opted for a big stitch, cross hatch design, using grey thread.
And so after perhaps 50 years, the quilt is fiinished! We named in’Diamonds Are Forever.’
We had hoped to enter the quilt in the group section of some shows for others to enjoy but sadly, that will have to wait until better times.
It was hugely enjoyable to make and a big thank you goes out to all the tackers, stitchers, needle threaders and supporters of Chi Quilters!